This Literary Giveaway Blog Hop is hosted by Leeswammes. Between now and November 5th, you can hop to over 30 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items.
The Friday Morning Bookclub is giving away a copy of:
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
If you are a Barbara Kingsolver fan, Flight Behavior is a must read Just leave a comment with a book recommendation and you will be entered to win! The winner will be notified by email on Thursday November 6
So many great blogs to visit and so many great giveaways! Have fun and start hopping!
I am always intrigued when a book I have read is made into a movie. How closely will it follow the story line in the book? In the case of Olive Kitteridge I wonder how they will make an engaging movie out of what is essentially a group of short stories.I rarely read short stories and remember while reading Olive Kitteridge that some of the stories left me wanting more. Perhaps that is a good thing!
Olive Kitteridge was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2009. The Friday Morning Bookclub read Olive Kitteridge in 2010 and gave it 3.25 omelets.
Here is a short review of the book, written by Carol:
The book is a collection of 13 vignettes of the lives of the residents of a small town in Maine. The residents weave in and out of each others’ lives to different degrees, but the one presence they all have in common is Olive Kitteridge, a lifelong resident of the town who is a schoolteacher, mother and wife. In these vignettes we see the different emotional challenges each of the characters must contend with and how they struggle to get the love they want. Olive’s life is the most detailed and the readers see how, over time, her different relationships either unravel or transform. The club was mixed in its’ feelings for the book; some of us really enjoyed examining these different characters and their intimate conflicts but some of us felt that the vignettes were too short and disconnected to be interesting. There was also different opinions about Olive and how responsible she was for pain she caused in the lives of her husband and son. There was a comment made that this book could be best appreciated by readers who are at least middle-aged, people who have reached a time in their lives when they know that sometimes different relationships require compromise or resignation. What I found intriguing about these stories were the differing strength of bonds between the various characters and their families and by examining these bonds I could ponder whose outcomes would be better than others’.
Amazon readers gave The Paris Architect 4.5 Omelets
Goodreads readers gave The Paris Architect 3.99 Omelets
Everyone agrees. This book is a good read. Yes, it is disturbing as would be expected for a story that takes place in 1942 Berlin. It is also thought provoking and informative, touching, exciting and suspenseful. A must read.
Nora Bridge was famous. She had her own talk show and advice column. On the outside she had it all together, but nothing could be further from the truth. Years earlier, Nora had walked away from her husband and daughters Ruby and Caroline.Nora’s relationship with Carolyn was strained and her relationship with her youngest child Ruby was non-existent.
Ruby,a struggling comedienne wanted nothing to do with her mother.That is, until the Nora Bridge scandal broke out and Ruby was offered the opportunity to cash in on it and tell all. And then Nora was injured in an accident, and needed someone to help care for her. Ruby was the obvious choice as she had no husband, job or children to hold her back. For once things seemed to be falling into place for her. Finally Ruby could get back at the mother who had abandoned her years before and make money in the process.
But things are never as they seem and the more time Ruby spent with her mother at the family home on Summer Island, the more she realized how little she actually knew about her mother and the events leading up to her leaving their family. Together Nora, Ruby and finally Caroline revisit the demons of their past.
Summer Island was a thoughtful account of one families struggle to deal with the past and create a healthy future.Once more Kristin Hannah has written a touching story and one with a wonderful message about love, family and forgiveness.
We all make mistakes and although it may not be possible to change the past, take back the ugly words we spouted at someone we love or unring a bell, it is possible to make amends and move on. But first we have to learn to not only forgive others, but forgive ourselves. Sometimes a book just gets to you. Summer Island sure got to me!
Everyone has secrets, but Dr. John Taylor’s was a doozy. He had three wives in three different cities. What made it even crazier was that Deborah, wife number one knew all about it. Not only did she know about the other two wives, she orchestrated the whole show. Deborah was the one that kept her husband’s busy schedule straight, not an easy task.
Wife number two and wife number three found out about their bigamist husband in the worst way possible. They read his obituary in their local newspaper. Dr.John Taylor, a prominent plastic surgeon was found dead in his hotel room from an apparent heart attack, or was it? Something did not add up and Detective Samantha Adams suspected foul play.
A Circle of Wives was a fast paced whodunnit mystery. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon while the men folks were busy watching football. I read the book in one sitting, stopping only to eat and check on the Raven’s score from time to time. The book tackles issues such as commitment, honesty, infidelity, love and trust, but more than anything it was sheer entertainment.
How can I give it less than 4 Omelets when I had such an enjoyable, lazy day. Just me and my book!